How do i place icons on my desktop?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by derthballs, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. derthballs macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2005
    I accidently deleted the default icons for my computer on the desktop, and have deleted them from the trash folder, how do i put shortcuts to my documents on the mac?
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    You could try taking a look in your Finder Preferences (Menu Bar/Finder/Preferences) and making sure that you have 'Show these items on the Desktop' ticked?
  3. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    If you want to make a shortcut, control click (right click) and choose "Make Alias." Then drag the .alias file to the desktop. You can do the same thing with an application.

    And there's always copy/paste, too.
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Default icons? Hmmm...I don't think there is a default icon for documents.

    This is what you can do:

    1) For icons for disks and volumes and so on, go to the Finder Menu -> Preferences and then the first tab.

    2) For everything else -- for instance, if you want a link to your documents folder on the desktop -- navigate to it in Finder, click on it, select File -> Make Alias from the menus, and then drag the alias wherever you want it (e.g. desktop). You can also rename the alias if you want to.
  5. derthballs thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2005
    excellent i wasnt sure what alias was - ill give that a try, thanks :)

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